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Raleigh’s 2023 winter weather forecast

The cold has already hit Raleigh. Stay warm and in-the-know about 2023 winter weather, including snow predictions, the coldest months of the year, and more.

The NC State Capitol covered in snow in 2022.

Will winter 2023-24 bring snow to rival 2022’s?

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We know the question on your mind, Raleighites — when’s it going to get cold? Thanks to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, we know what temperatures and precipitation trends to expect in Raleigh for December, January, and February.

While exact weather conditions typically can’t be predicted more than a week in advance, here’s a seasonal outlook to help you prepare for what winter will bring.

Reminder: The first day of winter is on Thursday, Dec. 21.

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The seasonal temperature outlook for this winter.

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Temperature

We could go either way. This winter, Raleigh shows equal chances of above normal, near normal, or below normal temperatures.

Precipitation

Expect slightly more precipitation. Raleigh has a 60-70% chance of seeing higher than average snow and rainfall amounts this winter.

Drought

Drought conditions are expected to improve this season.

December

Temperatures in December usually fall around 44.9° and don’t typically exceed 56.1° or drop below 34.9°. With a possibility of a wetter winter, this month may see rain, sleet, and snow as you prep for the holidays.

January

In January, Raleighites can expect an average of 41.6° and usually never above 50° or below 36°. January is our coldest month of the year — bet on this month for snow.

February

Temps in this month fall around 45.2° and typically stay in the range of 53.9° to 34.8°. As the weather wanes a tad warmer, plan ahead with some indoor activities to spring into the next season.

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